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ALESIS HR-16 DRUM MACHINE

Alesis HR-16 Drum Machine

A CD standard 16-bit drum machine? Things have progressed a little from those 8-bit Linn Drum days, passing through 12-bit standards on the way, and now reaching the ultimate level in consumer digital fidelity. Whether excellence or overkill, Alesis have gone the whole way with the HR-16. David Mellor gives it the ear test.

Alesis MMT8

MIDI Recorder

In an age when most MIDI sequencers seem to come on floppy disk, Alesis hit the market with their new hardware sequencer, the MMT8. It doesn't boast a video monitor or multi-mega tracks, so can it compete with the omnipresent beige box? David Mellor yearns to learn.

Beyer MCE81

Condenser Microphone

Beyer's MCE81 condenser mic is their latest addition to a long line of sturdy, high quality studio and stage microphones. Gareth Stuart finds out just what it records best.

CHEETAH MK5V

Cheetah MK5V MIDI Master Keyboard

As the world of musical synthesis shrinks ever more into a 19-inch black box format, where do we find the MIDI master keyboard to persuade these expander modules to give up their sounds? Since the big manufacturers seem reluctant to give us soundless MIDI keyboards, is there a small company we can turn to who can supply us with the equipment we need? David Mellor lets the cat out of the bag.

LYNEX 16-BIT SAMPLER

Lynex 16-bit Atari Sampler (Preview)

It's British, it works with an Atari ST computer, it gives very high quality sound and it won't break the bank! Ian Gilby presents a sneak preview of this forthcoming 16-bit stereo sampling machine.

SOUND ADVICE: Sequencer plus sidekick; Chordal progressions; Full boost EQ

Sequencer plus sidekick; Chordal progressions; Full boost EQ.

THE MAIN EVENT

RTL Event Sync Box

David Mellor enters the mysterious world of timecode and stalks one of its new inhabitants - the Event timecode/MIDI processor from Real Time Logic.

People + Opinion

AES SHOW REPORT

AES Showreport

New York was the setting for the 83rd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, where audio manufacturers gathered to show off their new wares. Craig Anderton provides a rundown of the main highlights.

JAN HAMMER: Miami Nice Guy

Jan Hammer: Miami Nice Guy

The art of writing music for popular television in the last few years may have been single-handedly re-defined by Jan Hammer. His upbeat, rocky soundtracks to the hit TV series 'Miami Vice' (along with a few of the chart hits used in the show) have now produced two albums of instrumental music. Ed Jones finds out how they were done.

TECHNOLOGY & EDUCATION

Technology & Education: Qualifying for the Music Industry

Planning a career in the music industry? Then you may like to know more about the Music Information Technology course at City University, London. Mike Barnes reports.

Technique

GREAT AUDIO CONCEPTS OF OUR TIME

Great Audio Concepts Of Our Time: Part 2

Part 2: Bamboozled by technical specs? David Mellor explains how to 'interpret' audio equipment specifications and also gives the lowdown on that little understood concept, Barkhausen noise.

INDEX TO PAST ARTICLES

Index To Past Articles: Volumes 1 & 2: November 1985 - October 1987

Index to past articles: Volumes 1 & 2: November 1985 - October 1987.

MACINTOSH OR ATARI?

Macintosh Or Atari?

Over the last few years musicians have consistently been more excited over the latest MIDI hardware developments than they have over MIDI software. Whilst other micros have come and gone, the Atari ST and Macintosh micros have quietly become the established computers for making music with MIDI. Ed Jones reveals why with a look at Steinberg's Pro24 (v2.1) and Mark Of The Unicorn's Performer (v2.2) programs.

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 5

Trouble-shooting MIDI Interfaces: Martin Russ boldly goes where no man has gone before...

THE SOFT OPTION

The Soft Option

David Mellor looks at music software and how the user is looked after, or otherwise, by the supplier. Do the software companies come up to the standard of hardware manufacturers or are we expecting too much of them? The debate starts here.

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